Artist In Residence

The Formation Department is excited to welcome Stefan Robinson as our first Artist-In-Residence. We recognize that it is important to find new ways to engage with our faith and to open ourselves to receiving and creating expressions of faith with our senses. We can be transformed by a new visual, a new scent, a new tactile experience, a new sound, a new taste. Art offers us the chance to experience something in a new and fresh way. Stefan is a talented artist who understands the importance of being physically and spiritually present as we grow and develop our faith. Stefan will work and meet with students, engaging them in conversations about art and offering opportunities for them to create art.We are excited to have Stefan to help guide our conversations and introduce us to new ideas.
Stefan Robinson
Education Masters of Fine Arts, in progress Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, California
Masters of Arts in Theology, Emphasis in Theology and the Arts Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California
Bachelor of Arts, Fine Arts Major Whitworth University, Spokane, Washington
A note from Stefan:
As Artist in Residence I would like to connect with students to talk about the intersection between faith and art. I find it critical that we as human beings find within us the creative expression that God has placed there, whether it is painting, sculpting, music, poetry, journaling, cooking, sports, or socializing with friends.
If you are interested in having Stefan speak to your student organization, class, or group, or if you would like to have him lead you in a hands-on creative workshop, or if you have any idea you would like to talk to him about, you can contact him here: Stefan Robinson.

Artist statement

from his Masters of Fine Arts Thesis show; you can view works from that show here.
Since I grew up on the North Oregon Coast where the verdant mountains drop into the white-capped surf, epic landscape is in my blood. Each painting I did is a part of a body of work within the Alumni Hall. My vision was to make a cohesive experience rather than a just a collection of paintings. Akin to a cathedral space, I wanted to use landscape paintings to tell a narrative of what it means to be human.
Life is hard. Life is good. How do we reconcile these two? I am interested in manifesting some of the demons, problems, and hurt we all face through paint. In other paintings, I seek to create experiences of pleasure, joy, and delight.
I see some people avoid hurt through numbing it. I see other people struggle through hurt and grow into deeper, healthier people. In these paintings, I try to be human, and invite you to join me. Like each of us, each painting has a piece of redemption. We are each quietly waiting to be found and cultivated into growth. As this show is a community, sharing a story as a whole, together as fellow humans, we can share, ask questions, build trust, encourage, and grow into healthier people.
~Stefan Robinson, 2014